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April 23, 1995

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Who said the Kansas Relays was a regional track meet?

The Forest Track Club from North Carolina traveled the farthest to compete at the 70th annual event.

Consisting of 11 athletes from Pine Forest High in Fayetteville, N.C., FTC is coached by Tudie McKnight-Blake, an all-American at KU in the early 1980s.

"KU's always in my heart," said McKnight-Blake. "I love this place dearly. I always talk about the Jayhawks and Kansas."

McKnight-Blake, her husband and the team left North Carolina at 6 a.m. Monday and arrived in Lawrence at midnight. The team sacrificed its spring break to attend the meet.

"There wasn't any complaining," McKnight-Blake said. "They were all impressed by how friendly the people around here are."

McKnight-Blake has coached at the high school for five years. Last year her boys team won the Class 4A (comparable to Kansas' 6A) state championship and her girls placed second.

Sophomore Crystal Cox highlighted the club's efforts with a meet record (55.6).

McKnight-Blake set a few records while a collegian. The Bronx, N.Y., native was the Big Eight Outdoor champion in '80, '81 and '82.

Three weeks ago, KU coach Gary Schwartz notified McKnight-Blake about honoring her at the Relays.

"I was surprised," McKnight-Blake said, "when coach Schwartz called me and said, 'Tudie, what do you think about us naming the long jump after you?' I said you must be kidding?"

He wasn't kidding. For the first time in Relays history, an event was named after a former member of Kansas' women's track and field team. KU also honored Sheila Calmese-Wesson by renaming the 100-meter dash after her.

Lawrence Highlights: The first and last events on Saturday resulted in Lawrence High's lone highlights.

The LHS girls 4x400 relay team -- comprised of Kristin Brune, Joanna Scollon, Jennifer Brosseau, and Tiffany Spratt -- placed eighth.

In the first event of the day, Lawrence's 4x800 relay team of Cindy Smith, Brune, Scollon and Spratt 3,200-mile relay team placed ninth.

Another McGinn Win: Emporia High senior Kevin McGinn, a KU track signee, ran the first leg of the Spartans' 3,200-meter relay team that won in 8:02.49.

That time is the top time recorded in the state this year.

On Friday, McGinn anchored Emporia's winning distance medley relay and won the mile in 4:20.45.

"Just coming here and doing it with my future teammates really meant a lot," McGinn said. "The tradition here is the greatest."

New Heights: Garden City senior Jason Archibald's 7 feet, 3 inch high jump on Friday represented the best mark by anyone this weekend.

Mission East's Sheldon Carpenter in 1992), Archibald's jump topped the best mark by a collegian. Kansas' Nick Johannsen won the college division with a 7-1 Joanna Scollon, Jennifer Brosseau, and Tiffany Spratt -- placed eighth.

In the first event of the day, Lawrence's 4x800 relay team of Cindy Smith, Brune, Scollon and Spratt 3,200-mile relay team placed ninth.

Another McGinn Win: Emporia High senior Kevin McGinn, a KU track signee, ran the first leg of the Spartans' 3,200-meter relay team that won in 8:02.49.

That time is the top time recorded in the state this year.

On Friday, McGinn anchored Emporia's winning distance medley relay and won the mile in 4:20.45.

"Just coming here and doing it with my future teammates really meant a lot," McGinn said. "The tradition here is the greatest."

New Heights: Garden City senior Jason Archibald's 7 feet, 3 inch high jump on Friday represented the best mark by anyone this weekend.

Mission East's Sheldon Carpenter in 1992), Archibald's jump topped the best mark by a collegian. Kansas' N

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